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  • Address: Fiordland National Park
  • Admission: Free

Described as the eighth wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s premier tourist attraction. Upon entering the sound you’re surrounded by sheer cliffs 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) high, carved by glaciers, rising dramatically from the dark waters.

Among the tallest peaks are The Elephant at 5,000 ft (1,500 m), named because it resembles an elephants head, and The Lion, 4,300 ft (1,300 m), which looks like a crouching lion. Over 22 ft (7 m) of rain falls on the sound each year creating spectacular waterfalls and lush forests which cling to some of the surrounding slopes.

Lots of wildlife play in the sound including penguins, seals, dolphins and - if you’re lucky - whales. The high tannin level in the water means you can also view black coral which can usually only be seen deep underwater.

Practical Info

There are plenty of tour boats that head into Milford Sound. During the peak season of January through February the sound can be filled with thousands of tourists a day; however, because of the immense size of the sound, once you’re on a boat you feel alone.

If driving, it’s 4 ½ hours from Queenstown or under 2 hours from Te Anau.

Tours & Tickets

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Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $200.19

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Towering peaks and cascading waterfalls - this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World', this cruise will ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

From USD $40.45

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound during a boat cruise led by a naturalist guide. On board a smaller-sized vessel than typical ...  Read more

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.11

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Be mesmerized by the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound on this full-day tour from Te Anau.

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.32

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $268.07

Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te Anau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

An overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $237.90

Milford Sound Cruise and Optional Coach Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Admire the spectacular sights of Milford Sound on a scenic cruise! As you marvel at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, see dolphins, seals and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $30.85

Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to Queenstown

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day trip from Te Anau to Queenstown. Travel through the beautiful Fiordland National Park and be mesmerized by the grandeur of ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, concludes Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.55

3-Day Milford Sound, Te Anau, Taieri Gorge and Dunedin Tour from Queenstown

Experience the natural beauty and history of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour to Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Taieri Gorge and Pukerangi. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $557.04

3-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flight

Located in spectacular Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, the Hollyford Track is one of the country’s greatest hiking trails, and you can ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,230.65

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